Since the last time we wrote about Terrible Maps, a project that is dedicated to sharing maps no one asked for or needs, they've kept themselves rather busy. So it's only natural we created a follow-up article about the cartographers who are so bad, they're actually good. After all, what is the Internet for if not to poke fun at politics and our geographical illiteracy?

From hilarious guides on how to find the state of Kentucky to showing how many Switzerlands fit in Brazil, continue scrolling and check out these gems and tell us which one would you hang on your office wall!

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Kesam
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3 months ago

How is this map "terrible?" It's great!

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OK. We can clearly see these are bad maps. But how to know you're looking at a good one? Brant Scheidecker, a sales engineer at Cartegraph, highlighted some of the main essentials for accurate and easily interpretable map use.

"Every map should have a title. It allows the user to assess the purpose of the map quickly; allowing them to determine if it meets their needs," Scheidecker wrote.

Next, origin. A fancy name for a compass or the North arrow. "This allows the user to determine the maps reference to the earth. While most maps these days have North being straight up, occasionally you will encounter a map that has a skewed orientation, perhaps to better fit it on the physical medium it's presented on (i.e. paper), or simply because it’s easier to interact with the map in that orientation."

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Aaron W
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3 months ago

Dammit, I'm going to see this every time I look at a US map now. Thanks, Bored Panda.

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When it comes to the source, it's a two-fold element. "It allows the map maker to provide the map viewer an idea where the data the map is representing is from; a necessity in determining the accuracy of a map. It also allows the map maker a way to cite the source of their data, avoiding all those pesky cries of plagiarism and the ensuing lawsuits," Scheidecker explained. "You have better uses for your time, like ensuring the rest of the T.O.S.S.L.A.D. elements are on your maps."

Let's not forget the legend (the area where a user can determine what a particular color or symbol represents on the map). "Without a legend, a user cannot successfully interpret what your map is trying to represent, 'Does the red skull and crossbones over my favorite restaurant mean what I think it means?'"

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Love the caption!

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You should also know when was the map that you're analyzing made. If it was created in 1962 and shows commuter levels in Chicago—it might not be such a valid source for the traffic data you are looking for today, unless you are feeling nostalgic, Scheidecker joked.

There you have it. You may now have become a cartographic genius, but you should be able to tell if you're looking at a terrible map or not!

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Shelp
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3 months ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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3 months ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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3 months ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

Anyone who is Hispanic or Latinx is from a "Mexican Country" to a Fake Snooze viewer.

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Linda HS
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3 months ago

British Mexico...WTF Mexico...hahaha🤦‍♀️

NMN
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3 months ago (edited)

My favorites hahaha, poor Paraguay

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

Fact checkers Punditfact have checked and found that 60% of Fox News statements are either mostly false or a complete lie.

columbokateUK
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3 months ago

So crazy! They would be taken off air and fined huge amounts in Britain. Tv News must be impartial and facts only, and God help them if they break the rules!!

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Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
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3 months ago

I live in Mountain Mexico! Arriba!!!

Carolina Fernández González
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3 months ago

I'm from "Cocaine México" and this is so funny and sad at the same time lol

MissPanda3
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3 months ago

same!!! can't believe this lol

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MrTree1779
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3 months ago

"Damned Mexicans, hoarding all those countries... How selfish! At least Africa and Europe each keep to only one..." ;-P

Tabitha L
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3 months ago

These are irreverent, kinda racist, and really funny. (MS13 Mexico!)

Stille20
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3 months ago

LOL, Meat Mexico

RitaGG
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3 months ago

LOL - meat Mexico!

Nevid
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3 months ago

Guyane, the yellow part of "Poor Mexico" is actually the most prosperous part of South America, because it's a part of France.

NMN
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3 months ago

French Guiana is a French territory (and it's different than just Guiana), and hardly is more prosperous than the big neighbor. (Kinda trying to compare Puerto Rico, which is a US territory)

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Ellen Frank
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3 months ago

I notice West Mexico is on the east coast.

Hetal Vyas
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3 months ago

Beach Mexico! Meat Mexico 😂😂

Cari Nola
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3 months ago

I lived in WTF Mexico and from Meat Mexico; many people would say those are the greatest Mexicos

Vicki Perizzolo
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3 months ago

this is what Drumpf sees every day

Sharon Vaughn
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3 months ago

I'm sure that's how Trump Loyalists see it.

Christine Ladyman
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3 months ago

They love to prove their ignorance!

Dorothy Cloud
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3 months ago

That one is terrible.

Randy Klefbeck
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3 months ago

Love the label 'Dispropaganda.' I think these people misunderestimated their geography skills.

Bonnie North
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3 months ago

Really pathetic! Did any of these people graduate from high school? Love WTF Mexico!

Darren Long
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3 months ago

Actually, it's North America & South America... some say Central America, but that isn't a continent.

Todd Hollfelder
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3 months ago

I just love this kind of mistake! Really it's more of a peeve.

Jewels Vern
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3 months ago

Well, yes, and "Latin America" is everything from the Rio Grande to Tierra Del Fuego plus parts of Spain and Portugal.

Johanne Trudeau
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3 months ago

Did he take out his sharpie to identify the different Mexicos?

Susan Mercurio
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3 months ago

This is not a terrible map. This is a hilarious map.

Mumof1
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3 months ago

Jaw dropping.

Juan Hernandez
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3 months ago

fucked just fucked

John-Paul Bitler
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3 months ago

Communist Mexico lmao

devi L.
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3 months ago

Poor Mexico lol that's pure goal there

Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

LOL!!!

Kenny Kulbiski
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3 months ago

Which three? Not soccer Mexico I'll bet.

Laura Campos
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3 months ago

So freakin' funny! Even to a person of partial Hispanic ancestry like me.

meepmeep
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3 months ago

I'm so confused by Uruguay being "West Mexico". This is going to keep me up at night wondering if it was a mistake or intentional silliness.

Jessica Bertram
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3 months ago

the whole thing is intentional silliness. In reply to fox news's unintentional stupidity.

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ISAAC HARVEY
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3 months ago

I have gone to "Mountain Mexico" for a week with my dad before.

Rachel Hamrick
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3 months ago

This isn't as bad as the typos I see on other news stations!

Carman Davis
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3 months ago

I'm a regular Fox viewer and I know for a fact that Trump DID NOT say this, Fox DID NOT have that on their screen and we are NOT STUPID!! It's been photoshopped (huge eye roll)

Ruth Murphy
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3 months ago

On March 31, 2019 Fox News fill in host Ed Henry issued an apology on air for Fox's error in referring to "3 Mexican Countries".

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Toasty
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3 months ago

I think differently, therefore, I must be superior.

Kesam
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3 months ago

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West Mexico is quite far east... Otherwise: completely correct! :D

NMN
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3 months ago

Well, I've never seen so many Mexicans before moving to US, so I guess to be more accurate US' states are the ones that should be Mexican this mexican that. I live in the Mexican cheese state now

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Kesam
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3 months ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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3 months ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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3 months ago

I don't understand why Iceland is not green, but Spitsbergen is

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Ralph
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3 months ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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3 months ago

This map is so accurate. And I feel quite ashamed about this fact.

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Kesam
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3 months ago

I'm an immigrant in "aesthetically tasteless" country and I totally agree! :D

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Kesam
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3 months ago

I always knew Brazilians are brainy. (But wait, what does that make northwestern Canada??)

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Shelp
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3 months ago

Belgium imports a lot of electricity from France. I wouldn't be surprised if this particular power plant mainly produced electricity for the Belgian market

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Cat Nip Gal
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3 months ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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3 months ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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3 months ago

No surprise, if the person with this opinion is a believer, that the Earth is flat...

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

That "typo" in Aren'tgentina just makes it funnier :)

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Ivo H
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3 months ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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3 months ago

Me: Country roads.. take me Rome.. CR: Which one?

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

Nah. We see a giant ass bible for most of those middle states. Oh and guns. Lots and lots of guns.

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Sadie Shapiro
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3 months ago

i don't even want to try saying that one. you know which one I'm talking about.

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Aaron W
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3 months ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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3 months ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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3 months ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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3 months ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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3 months ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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3 months ago (edited)

According to my dots in MS Paint over each: 132. Might be wrong, but I am not doing it again. EDIT: Did it again and Beto River is right, I missed 10 at some point. Thank you Beto!

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Oathbraker
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3 months ago

I understand mistaking it with Iraq or Afghanistan, but how the fuck did they go to Africa and the Balkans? A couple are even in the UK, for crying out loud.

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Juririn
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3 months ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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